William Eggleston - Photographs London Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Cheim & Read, New York

  • Exhibited

    Photographs by William Eggleston, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 24 May - 1 August 1976, for another print exhibited
    William Eggleston: Democratic Camera; Photographs and Videos 1961-2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 7 November 2008 - 25 January 2009

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, William Eggleston's Guide, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1976, p. 95
    William Eggleston: Ancient and Modern, New York: Random House, 1992, p. 39
    The Hasselblad Award 1998: William Eggleston, Göteborg: Hasselblad Center, 1999, n.p.
    William Eggleston, Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain/ London: Thames & Hudson, 2002, pl. 108
    William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2008, pl. 31 p. 79
    K. Moore, Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2010, pl. 127 p. 150

  • Artist Biography

    William Eggleston

    American • 1939

    William Eggleston's highly saturated, vivid images, predominantly capturing the American South, highlight the beauty and lush diversity in the unassuming everyday. Although influenced by legends of street photography Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston broke away from traditional black and white photography and started experimenting with color in the late 1960s.

    At the time, color photography was widely associated with the commercial rather than fine art — something that Eggleston sought to change. His 1976 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Color Photographs, fundamentally shifted how color photography was viewed within an art context, ushering in institutional acceptance and helping to ensure Eggleston's significant legacy in the history of photography.

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Untitled (Greenwood, Mississippi)

Dye transfer print, printed 1999.
55.1 x 37.1 cm (21 3/4 x 14 5/8 in.)
Signed in ink in the margin; signed by William J. Eggleston III, Managing Trustee in ink, dated and numbered 11/15 in an unidentified hand in ink, all within the Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £50,000

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London 8 May 2014 4pm